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Ms. Alexandra Kerr
is a Research Fellow at the National Defense University (NDU) in the Center for Complex Operations (CCO). In addition to her research on U.S. defense strategy, security cooperation, and the evolution of security threats in the 21st Century, she leads CCO’s Defense Institution Building initiative, including producing a book on “Defense Institution Building” in collaboration with the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Security Cooperation. Prior to joining NDU, Alexandra was Assistant Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). She joined CFR in 2012 as a program coordinator, overseeing projects related to global multilateral cooperation, and went on to develop and manage CFR’s premier international initiative, the Council of Councils, coordinating meetings with delegates from G20 member states in nine countries over three years. Prior to joining CFR, Alexandra held a postgraduate fellowship in conflict mediation at the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva. During her studies she held several research positions, including at the University of Oxford, the University of Saint Andrews, the political risk division of Lloyds of London, and the UN World Food Program in Rome. She holds undergraduate and Master’s degrees in International Relations from the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland, and a Master’s degree in International Conflict from the Department of War Studies in King’s College London.